HC Deb 23 July 1985 vol 83 c509W
32. Mr. Ashdown

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science in what areas of the education budget he is seeking to make economies.

Sir Keith Joseph

I am concerned that the resources available for education generally should be used economically and effectively throughout the service. For example, the Government's plans for education expenditure by LEAs in 1985–86 assume economies in the provision of the school meals service, in caretaking and cleaning and through continuing progress in the removal of surplus school places, so as to target resources to best educational effect. These and other opportunities for efficiency savings will be no less crucial in later years for which provision for education, like other aspects of public spending, is currently under review as part of the annual survey.